With the daily deluge of messages and comments that hit our eyeballs via email, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Windows Live, BBM and countless other social networks and instant message apps, it's a wonder we manage to get anything done through the working day.
Oh hang on. We don't!
Facebook's constant tweaking and improvement of its own smartphone apps for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone (and more) means total world domination is assured. After all, for many people these days, Facebook IS the internet...
WhatsApp Messenger for all smartphone platforms - a great cross-platform message tool (paid on iPhone, free trial on other platforms)
Skype is free to download for iPhone and Android, and superb for IM and video-chatting
Twitter is second in line to Facebook to take over the (online) world of real-time messaging. And it's on a smartphone near you